For all of you U.S. based folk, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I ate way too much (was probably the 6th piece of pie that pushed me over the edge.)
I have to admit that I felt a bit guilty after pigging out so Thursday evening my dad, my father-in-law and I went for a 6 mile guilt jog. After that, I came back and did Insanity. Surely that took care of at least half of lunch.
Top Posts of the Week
Steve Zussino presents How to Save Money on Your Kid’s Next Birthday Party posted at Grocery Deals in Canada, saying, “If you have kids, then you probably know that birthday parties can end up taking a good chunk out of your wallet. After you buy the decorations, food, presents, a cake you could easily spend $200 or more.”
Hank presents 7 Ways Not To Go Into Debt This Christmas posted at Money Q&A, saying, “Things are rough this year for many families across the country, but that doesn’t mean that you should add to your debt to make up for it this holiday season.”
101 Centavos presents Career Tip #14 – Right Vs. Wrong posted at 101 Centavos, saying, “I asked this question once of an interview candidate: “When is there a right time to do the wrong thing?” Find out what the ideal answer is and why it doesn’t always apply.”
DanielPacker presents Are Half Day Fridays the Best Perk Ever? posted at Sweating The Big Stuff, saying, “Find out the many benefits of having a half day off every Friday. Do any other perks compare to it?”
Aloysa presents Why I Don’t Want To Die In Wal-Mart posted at My Broken Coin, saying, “Find out how a shopping addict can forego an abundance of stuff enhanced by early opening hours and seemingly great discounts.”
Aaron Hung presents Change Your Ways with Money Without Struggling posted at Aaron Hung.com, saying, “It isn’t fun when people have to scale back because they need to save money. It makes life much less interesting. Consumers don’t have to make their lives less fun in order to keep more of their money in the bank, and they don’t have to have fewer things in their lives to save money.”
Control your Cash presents What coverage should you get when renting a car? posted at Control Your Cash, saying, “When you buy insurance on your personal vehicle, you have all the time you need to shop around and run numbers. When you buy insurance on a rental, you’re subject to a monopoly.”
Jason P. presents Money 101: What is Compound Interest? posted at One Money Design, saying, “I’m always amazed to read a good overview of how compound interest works. Hopefully, some parents will use this as a resource to teach their children this wonderful financial principle.”
Robert presents Secret Gas Station Marketing Tricks posted at The College Investor, saying, “With road travel expected to peak this Thanksgiving Day long weekend, I thought I would share with you some of the most common “Secret” Gas Pump and Gas Station marketing tricks to get you to spend more money. With gas prices reaching highs again, you don’t need to spend anything extra.”
Mrs. Not Made of Money presents 5 Budget Friendly Turkey Leftover Ideas posted at Not Made of Money, saying, “This year I have decided to plan my leftovers ahead of time. I’m going to come up with some leftover turkey meals now so that I know what to do. Here are some of the front runners I’ve come up with so far”
LaTisha presents How to Win at Insider Trading posted at Financial Success For Young Adults, saying, “Let’s assume that you do want to attempt to beat the stock market by being ahead of the guy next to you. There are a few ways to do that.”
SB presents their Year End Personal Financial Checklist posted at Once Cent At A Time, saying, “The idea began with an email from Merrill Lynch, one of my fund brokers. In their newsletter, they mentioned the importance of a year-end checklist. When I went through the list, it did make a lot of sense.”
Jackie presents Earn More Money & Spend Less: A Two-Pronged Approach posted at The Debt Myth, saying, “While getting and staying out of debt requires permanently changing the way you view borrowing money, let’s talk about two simple actions you can take as you make your way out of debt: earn more and spend less.”
Charles presents Not All Cheaper Gas Is Worth It posted at Money Green Life, saying, “There are two gas stations right at the corner of the intersection where I turn to go home. Normally, the gas prices are exactly the same and I choose the station that is more convenient.
But today, one was 5 cents cheaper.”
Fat Guy Skinny Wallet posted about his 1 Week Weigh In.
Jason P. presents Saving Money For College – A Upromise Review posted at Comments for Childrens Savings Accounts HQ, saying, “Upromise offers a great way for parents to save for their child’s education by earning cash back rewards. This is a recent review we published about Upromise.”
The Top Personal Finance Post of The Week
And my pick of the week is……
Kevin McKee presents The Hidden Costs of Buying a House posted at Thousandaire, saying, “Every now and then, I look at houses for sale and think about buying one. When comparing figures it looks like a better rate than my current rent, but you have to consider the hidden costs.”
This topic has been on my mind lately. I gave my take on the subject this week in the Advantages and Disadvantages of Renting a Home vs Buying. Kevin has a great view point on the topic as well.
Just a little footnote on this week’s roundup – there are a lot of giveaways going on right now for the holidays. Go check ’em out and you might pick up some free stuff!
Your Finances Simplified is giving away $50 cash!
The Frugal Toad is giving away your choice of a $75 Amazon Gift Card or $75 cash!